1 Paul at Thessalonica
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, Luke 4:16;ch. 9:20;& 13:5,14;& 14:1;& 16:13;& 19:8went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
4 ch. 28:24And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and ch. 15:22,27,32,40Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Rom. 16:21Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, ch. 16:20These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Cesar, Luke 23:2;John 19:12;1 Pet. 2:13saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10 Paul at Berea
10 And ver. 14;ch. 9:25the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and Is. 34:16;Luke 16:29;John 5:39searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 Mat. 10:23And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and ch. 18:5receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.
16 Paul at Athens
17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this [c]babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
22 Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
24 ch. 14:15God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Mat. 11:25Lord of heaven and earth, ch. 7:48dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, Ps. 50:8as though he needed any thing, seeing Gen. 2:7;Num. 16:22;Job 12:10;& 27:3;& 33:4;Is. 42:5;& 57:16;Zech. 12:1he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and Deut. 32:8the bounds of their habitation;
27 Rom. 1:20That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, ch. 14:17though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For Col. 1:17;Heb. 1:3in him we live, and move, and have our being; Tit. 1:12as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, Is. 40:18we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.
30 And ch. 14:16;Rom. 3:25the times of this ignorance God winked at; but Luke 24:47;Tit. 2:11,12;1 Pet. 1:14;& 4:3now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which ch. 10:42;Rom. 2:16;& 14:10he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he [g]hath given assurance unto all men, in that ch. 2:24he hath raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.
34 Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
35 Paul at Corinth
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